Rustgecko July 3, 2018 07:06 AM The problem for human-beings is that we may be part of a destabilising system, and are therefore earmarked to be wiped out. Lucke July 3, 2018 12:24 PM Thant brings the point when atmosphere changes from high CO2 and low O2 to the reverse. That was "the change" and never got back... Don Duncan July 3, 2018 12:53 PM Rustgecko: We are responsible for our survival, unlike other species. We are the only species that intelligently, by abstract reasoning, reconfigure our environment for better or worse. Politically, the majority indirectly choose a destructive social system based on violence, not reason. The public throws away their sovereignty by granting it to a ruling elite and their bureaucrats/LEOs. This creates an unstable, chaotic social/political system that leads to domestic strife (dog-eat-dog, social/political polarization) which benefits only the "deep state", but only in the short term. Eventually, all empires, all civilizations, have crumbled, due to the use of violence as the political paradigm. A new paradigm of reason and voluntarism is needed to stabilize and civilize. Then we can stop the wars, the legalization of immorality by laws that violate rights, and the exploitation of the many by the few. AdamJasper July 3, 2018 01:07 PM The “Gaia Puzzle” is not a valid scientific problem, it’s barely science fiction. The question of how our planet maintains equilibrium has been answered since Darwin. As for the question of how our planet maintained favourable conditions long enough for us to evolve, the answer is simple: luck; if Earth had not done so, we simply would not be here to contemplate our bad fortune (see “Anthropic Principle”). Why is this being presented as new science? Lardo July 3, 2018 01:33 PM "With so many things that needed to go right, and so many things that could have gone wrong, the very fact that you're reading this – in fact, your very existence – is the result of innumerable strokes of luck."Or..... the result of an Omniscient Creator.The truth is, we don't really KNOW. Both theories require some faith. Neil Farbstein July 3, 2018 02:02 PM Brilliant theory. Probably correct. Mzungu_Mkubwa July 3, 2018 02:13 PM @Lardo, I'll take it one step further and state that the prophecy enumerated in Romans 1:18-23 has fully come to fruition. "Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory..." Expanded Viewpoint July 3, 2018 02:20 PM Then how about this take on the situation at large? What if WE are really the creator of the world each of us lives in, and we interact with the worlds that others create? This handily explains why we see thousands if not millions of layers of strata in a cliff side! Some great god in the "sky" did not make the mountains that way on a whim or caprice, but through the eons of time flooding waters moved dirt from one place to another. Every time that a bacterium is not killed by some kind of chemical concoction, it evolves into a form that is resistant and even immune to it. When a seed from a hybrid plant is exposed to radiation, it reverts back to its last successful form. Why is that? What are all of these various mechanisms that are in operation and where did they come from? How about from US?? Reality, what we deem to be real, is the result of a broad group agreement stretched out over time.Randy JRosen July 3, 2018 02:26 PM It takes so much faith to believe in this, and much less faith to believe in a divine Creator, Who set the heavens and the earth in motion. This is like saying: "I have all these little parts, so I'll throw them up in the air, and when they land, they be a working watch! Oh it didn't fall into a working watch... then I'll have to keep trying a be-jillion times until it does."For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20 BrianK56 July 3, 2018 02:37 PM All we have to do is look around. All systems are linked and if too many are disturbed at one time humans will be extinct and earth will repair and repopulate with the next species. The position of the earth is beyond human control and self sustaining.